One of the issues that IT organizations have with an emerging data management framework such as Hadoop is its complexity. Hadoop has not been around for very long, so from the perspective of the average IT department, Hadoop is still pretty raw technology.
The good news is that emerging technology seems to be evolving at a much more rapid rate these days. Case in point is a new Hadoop offering from Karmasphere that bundles Apache Hadoop, the Ubuntu Linux distribution from Canonical, an instance of the open-source Eclipse integrated development environment and the community edition of the Karmasphere Studio, which is a tool for developing Big Data applications.
According to Rich Guth, chief marketing officer for Karmasphere, the Karmasphere Studio Community Hadoop Virtual Appliance provides a turnkey approach to Hadoop that makes it start building applications without a lot of intervention from the internal IT department.
As interest in Hadoop starts to mount, companies are looking for ways to get started with pilot applications that don't require massive upfront investments in time and money. After all, many of them are still not exactly sure what to do with Hadoop beyond knowing that understanding the fundamentals of the open-source Hadoop environment is probably going to be a fundamental IT requirement in the years ahead. But before any of that can happen, a lot of them need to just build some relatively simple Big Data applications that can prove their worth before they put in the time to master all the intricacies of managing a Hadoop cluster.